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Halbe Arbeit

Language: German (Deutsch)

Leibeigenschaft war nur der Rumpf,
Nur halb erlegte man den Drachen,
Der noch aus dem feudalen Sumpf
Zu uns herüberreckt den Rachen;
Behalten blieb es bessern Tagen,
Das freche Haupt herabzusclagen.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , title 1: "Half-done Job", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-03-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:10
Line count: 6
Word count: 31

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Half‑done Job

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Serfdom was only a part of it,
As only half the dragon was slain,
More have been able from the feudal morass
To reach out to us through their cries;
Continue to know that better days that will come
In which the impertinent dragon's head will be slapped down.

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888), "Halbe Arbeit"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-03-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:10
Line count: 6
Word count: 49